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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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An Inside Look at Intel's NVM Solutions Group - SSD Validation Testing

03/21/2014 - 06:23

Introduction: Back in 2010, Intel threw a bit of a press thing for a short list of analysts and reviewers out at their IMFT flash memory plant at Lehi, Utah. The theme and message of that event was to announce 25nm flash entering mass production. A...

Compatibility Validation and Conclusion

03/20/2014 - 14:11

Compatibility Validation:


03/20/2014 - 13:56

Intel runs all of their products through test following (or exceeding) the JEDEC standards for SSD devices. These are fairly involved tests that involve operating the devices at the high and low end of their temperature ranges, subjecting the drives to...

Accelerated Testing

03/20/2014 - 12:47

Controller: With all of the development and design stuff out of the way, lets get into the good stuff. The first point to bring up is the fact that feedback is inherent in this process. The early validation steps may very well need to 'reach back...

More on Design

03/20/2014 - 11:30

Diving a bit deeper on how Intel's design factors into the reliability of their SSDs, we'll look at a few additional factors. Starting with the reliability of the data stored and retrieved from the NAND dies themselves: [inline:files/review/2014-...

OCZ launches Z-Drive 4500, now with Toshiba 19nm flash

03/04/2014 - 09:51

OCZ launched the original Z-Drive R4 back in 2011 (reviewed here). That unit proved OCZ's VCA 2.0 architecture could scale to very high IOPS under extremely heavy loads. With the recent changes, OCZ has been revamping their existing lines to include...

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 - Redundant Cloud Storage on a Smaller Scale

03/04/2014 - 09:36

Introduction: Last October, Western Digital launched the My Cloud. This device was essentially a network connected version of their My Book line of external hard drives, but with Internet connectivity and apps that could reach back to the My Cloud even...

Performance, Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

03/04/2014 - 09:11

Performance: With the EX2 on our local network, and while minimizing other network use, we performed some large file copies to and from the EX2. Write: [inline:files/review/2014-03-04/mycloud ex2-20.png] Read: [inline:files/review/2014-03-04/mycloud ex2-...

Desktop and Mobile Software

03/04/2014 - 08:47

Desktop Software: There are several options available depending on what you'd like to accomplish. You can view the software download page directly at this link. Here's a pic for reference: [inline:files/review/2014-03-04/WD EX4-66.png]

Dashboard and Apps

03/04/2014 - 08:41

Dashboard: Exploring the configuration options further, we see plenty of options and features. So many in fact that it's probably best to just walk you through a slideshow of notable highlights: [inline:files/review/2014-03-04/mycloud ex2-4.png]...